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    Niko Mafuli
    Niko Mafuli

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Florissant, Mo.

    High School:
    Saint Louis University High

    Height / Weight:
    6-3 / 305

    Position:
    DL



    11/22/2011

    Wildcats Take on 10th-Ranked Spartans on Senior Day

    Tickets still available for Saturday's Senior Day Game vs. Legends Champion Michigan State

    The 2011 Scouting Report: With his cardiovascular conditioning at an all-time best, which will increase his playing time at defensive tackle ... Starts fall camp battling Brian Arnfelt for a starting spot at one tackle spot ... A big, wide tackle who will be counted on to help provide some inside defensive presence, particularly against the run.

    2011:Starting defensive tackle ... Played in 34 career games ... Senior season was cut short when he suffered a broken leg during practice for the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas ... One tackle and two QB hurries vs. Eastern Illinois ... Three tackles at Army ... Registered two tackles, which included 1.5 TFL's, vs. Michigan ... Named team's defensive big playmaker vs. Penn State as he totaled two tackles, one of them a 12-yard pass sack ... One tackle at Indiana ... Had two tackles vs. Minnesota ... Totaled a career-high four tackles, including a personal-best three solo hits, vs. Michigan State.

    2010: Played in 11 of 13 games ... One tackle at Vanderbilt before leaving the game with a leg injury ... Missed two games before returning in the Central Michigan game, where he blocked a PAT and was named the team's Co-Defensive Big Playmaker ... Two tackles at Minnesota and one vs. Illinois.

    2009: Played in 11 games ... Six total tackles (1.5 for loss) in 2009 ... One tackle at Illinois ... Recorded two stops at Michigan State and assisted on a sack vs. Miami ... Two tackles vs. Towson, including the first sack of his career for a two-yard loss.

    2008: Did not see action.

    2007: Did not see action ... Named team's defensive practice player of the week vs. Iowa.

    High School: Rivals.com All-Region, SuperPrep All-Midlands and Velocity/PrepStar All-Region honoree ... Ranked 13th among all players in SuperPrep Missouri player ranking and 19th among all players (fourth among offensive linemen) in Rivals.com Missouri player ranking ... Ranked 13th-best center by SuperPrep and 60th-best offensive lineman by Rivals.com ... Two-time first-team all-state (coaches/media) selection ... 2006 first-team St. Louis Post-Dispatch All-Metro selection, and a second-team selection in 2005 ... Three-time first-team All-Metro Catholic Conference honoree (2004-06) ... Honorable mention all-state and all-metro in 2004 ... Played offensive and defensive tackle for the Jr. Billikens ... Helped lead SLUH to 7-3, 8-2 and 7-4 records in 2004, 2005 and 2006, respectively ... Totaled 22 solo tackles and 12 TFL's (5 sacks) his senior year ... Also one of Missouri's top track and field athletes, placing fifth in the shot put and 16th in discus at the 2006 state meet ... Placed fifth in both the shot put and discus at 2007 state meet ... Honor Roll and three-time MCC All-Academic squad ... Also lettered one year in ice hockey and wrestling ... Coached by Gary Kornfeld.

    Personal: Born Nikolao Troy Mafuli ... Son of Vae and Jackie Mafuli ... Played with current NU player Stephen Simmons ... Father, Vae, played football at Truman State (formerly Northeast Missouri State University) ... Communication studies major.

    DEFENSE
    Season Games UA A Total TFL Sacks PD INT FF FR BLK
    2009 11 2 4 6 1.5-3 1.5-3 0 0 0 0 0
    2010 11 1 3 4 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0 0 0 1
    2011 12 7 8 15 2.5-20 1.0-12 0 0 0 0 0
    Career 34 10 15 25 4.0-23 2.5-15 0 0 0 0 1